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BOOK REVIEWS

The Other Night at Quinn's

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The Other Night at Quinn's: New Adventures In The Sonic Underground Mike Faloon 269 Pages ISBN: #978-1-941576-24-3 Razorcake / Gorsky Press 2018 In addition to absorbing the sounds on recordings and live performances, the traditional route to an appreciation of jazz and improvised music usually entails seeking out the perspectives and opinions of experts. When diving into the music's deep end as novice listeners we're guided by an abundance of books, magazines, liner ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Benito Gonzalez: Passion Reverence Transcendence

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In the grand, giving spirit of the master, pianist Benito Gonzalez, drummer Gerry Gibbs and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet hold absolutely nothing back and pull no punches on their exhilarating tribute to McCoy Tyner, Passion Reverence Transcendence. With each tune taped in a single take, the trio explodes with a bold and proclamatory rush. “Fly with the Wind" (originally written by Tyner for trio and strings in 1976) sets the bar high and never looks back. It's a ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Christian Pabst: Inner Voice

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What is that quote from the movie American Beauty? “Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in." That's what German pianist Christian Pabst's album Inner Voice offers the jazz listener: a surrender to the beauty of music--not a sentimental beauty, but one that is profound yet entertaining at the same time. Pabst and his cohorts, Marco Zenini on bass and Erik Kooger ...

PROFILES

Aretha Franklin, The Lady Soul: 1942 - 2018

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Soul Music may have been invented by others, but it was properly perfected only when Aretha Louise Franklin departed her modest success at Columbia Records for superstardom with Atlantic Records in 1966. On January 24, 1967, Franklin entered Rick Hall's (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to record, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" with the support of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. This song was released February 20, 1967 with the ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chet Baker: Live In London Volume II

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Somewhat incredibly, these sessions from 1983 were recorded on a domestic audio cassette recorder. The John Horler Trio was employed to back Chet Baker on his six consecutive nights at The Canteen in London, a short-lived jazz venue in the heart of the City. Jim Richardson, bassist on these dates, gained Baker's permission to record these sessions and although the tapes were only intended for personal enjoyment, they have now been painstakingly restored for the benefit of everyone.

MIXCLOUD

Spoken Jazz & New Releases

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Spoken word is performance art that goes hand in hand with jazz because words often sound great and notes can speak loud and clear. In this episode we will explore the best of it, together with outstanding new releases that are making our summer even hotter than it already is! Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill) (self-released) ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rich Halley 3: The Literature

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Tenor saxophonist Rich Halley decided, according to the liner notes, to make his twenty-first recording an all-covers collection. The title of the recording, he writes, comes from his thought that if “literature" connotes a body of work in classical music, then why not in jazz as well--and so he's collected a dozen of the songs that shaped his musical horizons. It's a pretty broad set of compositions, too, not just expected contributors Miles, Mingus and Monk, but Ornette ...

IN PICTURES

Jazz em Agosto 2018

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For the first time in its history, the entire Jazz em Agosto programme was organised around a single musician. And the choice could hardly fall on a more striking name--both for the history of the festival and for the fundamental course of music he helped shape in the last decades: John Zorn, an artist with a highly personal style and whose activity is as prolific as it is varied. His music is so essential as a soundtrack for this time ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie

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John Abercrombie Open Land: Meeting John AbercrombieMusic Heritage Productions / ECM Records2018 It's almost a year to the day since the world lost John Abercrombie and, for many of his fans, that loss remains something still deeply and palpably felt. A guitarist who managed to be instantly recognizable without relying on many of the signatures that help identify most guitarists--certain approaches to phrasing and melody and specific tonal approaches amongst them--Abercrombie may not have garnered ...

IN PICTURES